Breakin' All the Rules (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Breakin' All the Rules (2004)



Critic Consensus: This formulaic screwball comedy is weighed down by a contrived, overly complicated plot.

Movie Info

Directed by Daniel Taplitz, Breakin' All the Rules follows the victim (Jamie Foxx) of a decidedly unceremonious breakup and his methods of coping. Rather than succumbing to depression, the L.A. veteran decides to pen a handbook for the dumped; it would detail not only the intricacies of breaking up, but offer advice on performing a breakup oneself. Unfortunately, the fallout is hardly a smooth journey; Watson and his buddies quickly become embroiled in a romantic mix-up of epic proportions, and there's no handbook to help them out of it. Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union co-star.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Taplitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 2004
Box Office: $11.8M
Screen Gems - Official Site


Jamie Foxx
as Quincy Watson
Gabrielle Union
as Nicky Callas
Morris Chestnut
as Evan Fields
Peter MacNicol
as Philip Gascon
Jennifer Esposito
as Rita Monroe
Bianca Lawson
as Helen Sharp
Grace Chan
as Secretary
Tate Taylor
as Attendant
Bob Stephenson
as Ticket Master
Mario Carter
as Man at Party
Trae Ireland
as Man at Party
Trina Johnson
as Woman at Party
Clyde Sherman
as Man at Bar
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Critic Reviews for Breakin' All the Rules

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (34)

... this is basically just a sitcom.

Full Review… | May 17, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

No movie this stupid should need a plot synopsis this complicated.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not much worth seeing in this mess of a movie.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

...may be fluff, but it is patient, character-driven fluff.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005

Digresses into that hazy zone where we're not sure if we're watching overwrought drama or a joke that just isn't funny.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

it's all very silly and highly unbelievable, but the five main leads are all having a good time.

Full Review… | June 1, 2004

Audience Reviews for Breakin' All the Rules

The story is half decent, although I think a lot of these films, waste time on film which is just modelling shots. So they found it tough to fit the rest of the story in. But it works, no complaints. Funny !

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer


Jamie Foxx is hilarious.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union headline a very funny romantic company. The chemistry between these two is genuine. "Breakin' All The Rules" is a film about mistaken identities gone wild. While the relationship between Foxx and Union is the other relationships turn out are not...making you stick around until the end. The movie doesn't waste time...starting out with Foxx's character Quincy getting dumped by his girlfriend. Quincy then writes a successful how-to book on breaking up and that sets off a chain reaction that will keep you in your seat until the end.

George Kiriyama

Super Reviewer

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